liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 October, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 The reason the government wants to reduce the number Form One classes is:

a. there will not be enough students in the coming years.

b. many parents have decided not to let their children study in Hong Kong.

c. there will not be enough teachers recruited in the coming years.

d. the government wants to cut down education expenses.

2 How many Form One students does a school need to avoid being closed?

a. 35

b. 25

c. 65

d. 61

3 Which of the following does not reflect what the government thinks about small-class teaching?

a. It does not have any benefits for secondary students.

b. It is much too expensive to implement.

c. It is worth considering but should not be implemented this year.

d. It is a solution for the declining birth rates.

4 Gary Harfitt of HKU thinks small-class teaching cannot work magic unless:

a. teachers receive training on how to maximize the benefits of smaller class sizes.

b. the government supports the idea.

c. schools are willing to adopt it.

d. the class size is 25.

Think about

1 What does it mean when Albert Cheng King-hon said 'education is an investment in human capital'?

2 Do you agree that small-class teaching offers a better learning environment?

3 Read the responses of the students. Do you agree with them?


Fill in the spaces with words from the vocabulary at the bottom of the story.

1 A harmonised society promotes ___________________________ and discourages any kinds of discrimination.

2 With all the deadlines in the coming weeks, Angel has no choice but to _________________________ her holiday plans __________________________

3 If you don't want to _________________________, you have to work really hard and pay attention in class.


Reading comprehension: 1. a, 2. d, 3. d, 4. a

Vocabulary: 1. inclusiveness, 2. put ... on hold, 3. fall behind